PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal defeats Joao Sousa to reach semifinals at Rio Open

Rafael Nadal defeated Joao Sousa 6-1, 6-0 to reach the semifinals at the Rio Open in Brazil. No. 1-ranked Rafa played his best match in Brazil and will face fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar in the semifinals. Andjuar ripped through Tommy Robredo of Spain 6-1, 6-1.

“I think I have improved in everything,” Nadal said. “I think I played a complete match. I had my best game of the tournament, and not just that but I played at a very high level. Really, I did things I wasn’t able to do a few days ago. I moved better. I was more intense, more aggressive.”

Asked about the back, Nadal backed off. “We’re not going to talk every day about the back,” he said. “I’m in the semifinals.”

Source: AP, Photos: Getty Images, Rio Open Facebook


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